Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Many blogs take what might be termed an "expose and deplore" approach. If you are producing a leftist blog, it works fairly well to expose and deplore extremists on the right. If you are producing a rightist blog, it works fairly well to spend your time exposing and deploring extremists on the left. In both cases the E and D targeting the other end of the political spectrum builds solidarity with people on the same end of the political spectrum. A centrist blog, by contrast, works best if it spends its time articulating centrist policy positions. Why is that? Simple: E and D aimed at either end of the political spectrum is going to convey solidarity with the opposite end, not centrism.